ERIC Number: ED057791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Changes in Organizational Structure and in Locus of Decision Making: A Test of Theory in Community Colleges Before and After Collective Negotiations.
Blackburn, Robert T.; Bylsma, Donald, Jr.
Hypotheses generated from organization theory stated that if the primary responsibilities in decision making shifted in either direction between faculty and administrators, there would be a resultant change in their organizational environment. In this paper six community colleges were analyzed for change in organizational structure after the institution had been subjected to external forces resulting from the onset of collective negotiations. Representatives from the administration and the faculty (union activists, union members, and anti- or non-union members) responded to a pretested interview schedule. This resulted in data being developed for four bureaucratic indices on 15 items relating to academic matters and faculty welfare. The findings revealed a democratizing of the organization and, at the same time, a formalizing of the bureaucracy. However, few changes occurred in the academic area after negotiations were concluded, although many gains were realized with regard to faculty welfare. Statistical analysis of the data revealed significant differences in many areas and thus it was concluded that the underlying hopotheses were generally confirmed. (Author/AL)
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